Skip directly to content


Commoning: working and living as commons

on Sat, 11/13/2010 - 10:28

I am curious of what the verb "to common" means to you. I have discovered it only recently, in the writings of, and recent email exchanges with, James Quilligan, David Bollier, and Leo Burke. I didn't know the word, but what it stands for makes me feel like meeting an intimate, old friend. "Commoning" expresses how i've been feeling about my work and life for long time.

The Baby Steps of the Family Educators Commons

on Fri, 11/12/2010 - 18:45

I just tweeted this: Article on Family Educator Commons is a beautiful example of how ppl R reclaiming the #commons in every area of life!

Here are some paragraphs of the essay that I particularly enjoyed reading.

Economies of the Commons: Program De Balie, 12 & 13 November

on Fri, 10/22/2010 - 08:00

The Economies of the Commons II conference critically examines the economics of on-line public domain and open access cultural resources, also known as the digital commons. While proponents praise these resources for their low-cost barriers, accessibility and collaborative structures, critics claim they undermine established (proprietary) production without offering a viable business strategy of their own.

Richard Poynder’s interview with Silke Helfrich on the commons and the upcoming International Commons Conference

on Mon, 10/04/2010 - 08:00
As more and more of the world's population has gained access to the Internet so a growing number of free and open movements have appeared -- including the free and open source software movements, free culture, creative commons, open access and open data.

Transforming Finance Group’s Call Recognizes Finance as a Global Commons

on Sun, 09/19/2010 - 08:00

The Committee on Transforming Finance, a multinational network of career market participants: investors, asset managers, business executives, philanthropists, academics and financial authors, holds that the financial system is a global commons and calls for a new set of rules that would allow it to be governed in full conformance with this reality.

The Smithsonian Commons Prototype launches today

on Fri, 06/18/2010 - 08:00

It has a new learning model that helps people with their "lifelong learning journeys," dedicated to stimulating learning, creation, and innovation through open access to Smithsonian research, collections and communities.

The purpose of this prototype is to help the Smithsonian community understand and discuss the attributes and benefits of the Smithsonian Commons in terms of its impact on real users.

An Introduction to the Global Commons; an online course with Leo Burke

on Mon, 06/07/2010 - 08:00
Format: 1. Self-study; materials available on-line 2. Regular participation in on-line discussion group (minimum of 3x/week) 3. Participation in weekly conference call Tuition: No charge


on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 08:00

I've just received an invite to this conference that will bring together about 150 leading figures in commons-based studies and activism for a multidisciplinary, internationally focused conference. The event will explore the range of commons-based policy and social approaches that now exist and forge a new network of commoners who will collaborate on commons-based initiatives in the future. The gathering will also serve to incubate entirely new ideas and strategies that the participants will bring to the conference, including new communications strategies, prototype commons, funding models and research needs. And, last but not least: it is supposed to draw attention of the classical media and the blogosphere to the issue.